The 5-4 Chicago Bears are home underdogs to the 3-5 Minnesota Vikings heading into their Week 10 Monday Night Football matchup. It seems counterintuitive until looking at how each team has performed in recent weeks. After jumping out to an improbable 5-1 start, the Bears have lost three straight, averaging under 17 points per game with an anemic offense during that stretch. Meanwhile, the Vikings have turned into the Dalvin Cook Show since their bye, literally running through two straight divisional opponents.
While most Vikings fans have guarded optimism about the recent uptick in play, Bears fans have almost universally soured on their team’s prospects this season. Despite the Bears defense continuing to hold up their end of the bargain, Matt Nagy and Nick Foles have done little to instill much confidence recently.
Stephen Johnson and Nick Bitting of The Bear Front Podcast on Chi City Sports certainly aren’t enthusiastic about the chances of their favorite team going forward. But they were still kind enough to have me as a guest on their show to discuss the showdown at Soldier Field. We naturally started with discussing Dalvin Cook leading the recent Vikings resurgence, but then transitioned to less happy topics like Kirk Cousins’ record on Monday Night Football and the future salary cap hits of his contract extension. We covered both sides of the ball for the Vikings and I explained which players have been improving since the beginning of the season. One of the more interesting parts of the interview was Stephen and Nick asking my opinion of the Bears as an outsider. (Spoiler alert: I am very confused as to what they’re generally trying to accomplish on offense.) Finally, we discussed our predictions for the game and the season for both teams going forward after Monday.
You can listen to the entire show here. My segment starts at the 16-minute mark, but you can listen to Stephen and Nick commiserate about the Bears to open the show as well.